StockMusic.com is the Download Division of Sound Ideas. Welcome to our StockMusic.com Search Tutorial. This page will help you to explore, browse and search the contents of our site.

Music Track Searches

StockMusic.com is built so you can browse or search for content.

Browsing Music CDs by Category:

From the Home Page, click on any Music Category picture.

This takes you to the Music Category page you selected. These pages list all available CDs in that Category, with the newest releases at the top.

See our How to Buy section for details on purchasing

The Music Tracks Search Engine:

You can look for specific music tracks that meet your needs by using the Music Tracks search engine. It is always available on every page in the navigation bar. This search engine will search ONLY the music tracks on our site.

Narrow your search by using the 4 dropdown menus - for Genres, Instruments, Moods & Tempos, and the Keyword entry field for specific terms that you are looking for.

The Save button lets you mark tracks for later retrieval later. You can click on the Show Only My Saved Tracks button at the top of the Music Tracks search engine page. Only the music that you have saved will be displayed, so you can compare the tracks.

Production Elements Selection:

The StockMusic.com Production Elements collection offers virtual CDs of more than 10,000 elements.

Click on the Production Elements link in the upper navigation bar on any page. Select the Production Elements CD, browse its contents, and select one or more single tracks to purchase, or purchase the complete CD.

Production Elements can also be searched - from every keyword search field BUT the Music Tracks page.

Searches from all of these pages will include all production elements, sound effects and music in the search results. You can narrow the search results by clicking on the TYPE of result you are looking for. Choosing the Production Elements type will hide all other search results.

The search results may also include keywords #tags that you can use to narrow the search results. Selecting a keyword #tag will show only those results that share that tag.

Sound Effects Search Engine:

You can search for sound effects using any of the keyword search files BUT the one on the Music Tracks page. Searches from all of these pages will include all sound effects, production elements and music in the search results. You can narrow the search results by clicking on the TYPE of result you are looking for. Choosing the Sound Effects type will hide all other search results.

The search results will also include keyword #tags that you can use to narrow the search results. Selecting a keyword #tag will show only those results that share that tag.

You can use the keyword entry box to search sound effects from specific Sound Ideas sound effects CDs (or to search a specific sound effect if you already know its Sound Ideas CD - Track - Index reference). To do this, type the CD Code into the keyword entry box - for example, type "3005". All tracks from this CD will be displayed in the search results table. If you know that you specifically want track 15 (Airport, Exterior - Ambience in Parking Garage, Voices, Cars Planes), then type "3005-15" into the keyword entry box.

A PDF list of Sound Ideas Products and CD Codes used for each product is available, so that you can tell which sound effects library is represented by the CD code that you see in the search results. Use the "Save" button to mark these tracks as you find them. Later you can click on the "Show Only My Saved Tracks" button at the top of the Sound Effects search page. Only the sound effects tracks that you have saved during your explorations and searches will be displayed, making it easier for you to compare the tracks and determine how each one might fit your needs.

Sound Effects Browsing

The entire sound effects collection has been coded and sorted into categories and subcategories. From the sound effects search main page (available in the navigation bar from every page on the site) you can select the category, drill down to the sub-category and preview and purchase the sounds you want.